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#6566871 - 12/01/16 07:42 AM Deer in the cooler.
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How long do you guys leave meat in a cooler? What's the longest you can ice it before it goes bad?

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#6566878 - 12/01/16 07:46 AM Re: Deer in the cooler. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Change the watery ice out daily and it will last for a few days and it helps the flavor of the meat.

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#6566896 - 12/01/16 07:57 AM Re: Deer in the cooler. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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I try to not go past a week, majority of the time 3-4 days and as said above drain daily and top off ice.
Started a Deer last night and will complete it tonight and its been on Ice since Sat Night.
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#6566898 - 12/01/16 07:59 AM Re: Deer in the cooler. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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#6567101 - 12/01/16 09:45 AM Re: Deer in the cooler. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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man that looks good, when is dinner?
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#6567109 - 12/01/16 09:47 AM Re: Deer in the cooler. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Very well fed animal in those second pics. That will be some tasty venison.

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#6567207 - 12/01/16 10:48 AM Re: Deer in the cooler. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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I'm still trying to figure out a way to minimize freezer burn from the ice when I'm at camp for a few days. A heavy trash bag works after the meat is cooled or a couple of cookie sheets with the meat on top. I typically try to get my deer into a refrigerator at home asap if I can.

I know a little freezer burn doesn't really hurt anything, I just don't like how it looks when I cut steaks and roasts.

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#6567214 - 12/01/16 10:52 AM Re: Deer in the cooler. [Re: D6Ranch]
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Originally Posted By: D6Ranch
I'm still trying to figure out a way to minimize freezer burn from the ice when I'm at camp for a few days. A heavy trash bag works after the meat is cooled or a couple of cookie sheets with the meat on top. I typically try to get my deer into a refrigerator at home asap if I can.

I know a little freezer burn doesn't really hurt anything, I just don't like how it looks when I cut steaks and roasts.


I always mix ice and water and never have any burn. It also helps bleed the excess blood from the meat.

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#6567225 - 12/01/16 11:03 AM Re: Deer in the cooler. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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I watched a video on quartering hogs quickly and getting them on ice in the summer heat. The guy puts some ice in a cooler along with water and a bunch of salt to make a slurry to get the temperature near freezing.
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#6567229 - 12/01/16 11:09 AM Re: Deer in the cooler. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Have left them as long as 10 or so days. Put a brick etc under the opposite end of the drain and add ice as needed. Water stays drained that way.

I usually only ice it long enough to firm up the meat. Shot two deer this weekend my wifes buck was on ice for about 2 hours before we fully processed him and I shot my doe late so we iced her over night and finished processing in morning. You wont gain anything I have noticed by leaving it on ice extended periods of time. We ate steaks out of the buck Monday and Tuesday night and they were excellent.
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#6567442 - 12/01/16 01:46 PM Re: Deer in the cooler. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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you can easily go 10 or more days as long as you keep it drained and iced well. I usually go for 6-7 days.
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#6567470 - 12/01/16 02:14 PM Re: Deer in the cooler. [Re: BuckRage]
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Originally Posted By: BuckRage
you can easily go 10 or more days as long as you keep it drained and iced well. I usually go for 6-7 days.


I agree Buck...and actually think it's Better Sir.
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#6567513 - 12/01/16 03:02 PM Re: Deer in the cooler. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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I usually shoot for 3-5 days. Last year let one go from Saturday until the following Sunday, smelled a little ripe. Tasted fine though.
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#6567575 - 12/01/16 04:06 PM Re: Deer in the cooler. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
Bobcat4119 Offline
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Registered: 09/22/16
Posts: 141
Loc: NE Texas
Just make SURE the cooler can drain as the ice melts. Keep plenty of ice on it and rotate the meat 2-3 times and I wouldn't let it go past 5 days, on ice.

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#6567676 - 12/01/16 05:10 PM Re: Deer in the cooler. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
esnow74 Offline
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Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 267
Loc: Ellis County, TX
I put in bags, keep water drained and ice packed full. I never start before 5 days. I have gone up to 12 days before but only because I absolutely had to but all was fine. I just keep ice packed and water drained but have seen many different opinions and methods.

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